How to say Happy New Year in 21 different languages

Celebrate 2021’s arrival in 21 different languages (Picture: Getty)

As New Year’s Eve looms and 2020 draws to a close, it’s safe to say many of us are hoping for a better, brighter 2021.

Though we’ll all be at home this year, New Year’s Eve is typically an event that is celebrated all over the world. Knowing how to wish a Happy New Year in other languages could be useful skill to have.

Here is how you can say Happy New Year in 21 different languages, whether in a call to international friends, or to memorise for future New Year holidays abroad…

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve (Picture: Getty)

How to say Happy New Year in 21 different languages

Chinese Mandarin – Xin Nian Kuai Le – (pronounced sheen nian kwai luh)

Chinese Cantonese – San Nin Fai Lok – (pronounced san knee fy lock)

Czech – Sťastný nový rok

Danish – Godt nytår

Dutch – Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Finnish – Hyvää uutta vuotta

French – Bonne Année

German – Frohes neues Jahr

Icelandic – Gleðilegt nýtt ár

Italian – Felice anno nuovo (or Buon anno)

2020 New Year celebrations at Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland (Picture: Getty)

Japanese (pre-midnight) – 良いお年を – Yoi otoshi o

Japanese (after midnight) – 明けましておめでとうございます – Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu

Korean – 새해 복 많이 받으세요 – saehae bog manh-i bad-euseyo

Norwegian – Godt nytt år

Polish – Szczesliwego Nowego Roku

Portuguese – Feliz Ano Novo

Russian – S novym godom

Scottish (pre-midnight) – Haud Hogmanay

Spanish – ¡Feliz año nuevo!

Swedish – Gott nytt år

Turkish – Mutlu yıllar

Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

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